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Spice of Life: Magical Healing Power of Turmeric

Satyesh Chandra Pakrashi (Author) Anita Pakrashi (Author)

Turmeric belongs to the elite group of spices of Indian origin. Its proven efficacy as a digestive aid, against gastric and peptic ulcers, inflammation, rheumatold-and osteo-and arthritis attracted special attention of the western world in recent years. Clinical trials also corroborated the anti-atherosclerotic, anti-carcinogenic (specially related to colon and prosrate) and anti-mutagenic effect of its active constituent, curcumin. The book fulfills a timely need of a comprehensive account of all aspects of turmeric, namely cultivation, identification, uses in modern medicine, specially established by clinical trials, as well as in other systems of traditional medicines, Ayurvedic formulations and home remedies. It covers the up-to-date researchers on the pharmacological, microbiological, immunopharmacological and biochemical actions as also the detailed phytochemistry of turmeric and curcumin, syntheses and biosynthesis and structure-activity relationships of the curcuminoids with 532 references. It also includes glossary of medical terms, selected classified glossary of medical terms, selected classified Patents (-170) and a classified list of (-200) US and World-wide patents. The book is thus expected to be well received by specialists, students and entrepreneurs like its predecessor, "Ginger -A Versatile Healing Herb".

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About the authors

Satyesh Chandra Pakrashi

Dr. Satyesh Chandra Pakrashi. (b 1930). Ph.D (Calcutta). D.Sc. (hc. Kanpur), formerly Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Calcutta and CSIR Distinguished Fellow, an Indian National Science Academy Senior Scientist is now the Principal Investigator of an Utilization of Expertise of Retired Scientists (USERS) project of DST, Govt of India at the University College of Medicine, Calcutta University. An extramural teacher, Department of Biochemistry, Calcutta University, for more than three decades, he was also a National Lecturer, University Grants Commission amongst others. Dr. Pakrashi has made outstanding contributions on the Chemistry of Natural Products, particularly alkaloids and terpenoids, authored 175 original research papers in reputed national and international journals besides a dozen of patents, a score of review articles and chapters in several monographs. He edited the six-volume The Treatise on Indian Medicinal Plants jointly with Prof. (Mrs) Asima Chatterjee.

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Anita Pakrashi

Dr. Anita Pakrashi, Ph.D., is a renowned biologist and the former Deputy Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Calcutta (IICB), and Emeritus Scientist of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) as well as Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. She was also an Honorary Lecturer and Examiner in the Departments of Biochemistry and Physiology, University College of Science, Calcutta University. Dr. Pakrashi has made outstanding contributions in the field of Reproductive Biology, especially in the development of herbal drugs and antioxidants from natural products. She has published around 100 original research papers. She has traveled widely in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany as an Exchange Scientist, on lecture tours and conferences.

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Title Spice of Life: Magical Healing Power of Turmeric
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8172363206
length xx+296p., Tables; Figures; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.